Tapas restaurants and bars are very popular in Edinburgh, perhaps because they are perfect for those wanting a drink and a bite to eat as well as some lively conversation.
Tapas developed in the Andalusian region of Spain and became popular across the country before being exported across the globe. It is thought that the name “tapas” (which translates as “lid”) refers to the fact that in Andalusian pubs bartenders used to put plates over the top of sherry glasses to prevent fruit flies being attracted to the liquor. Bars began to compete to top these plates with tasty morsels of food and as chorizo and ham were both salty (and therefore encouraged patrons to drink more) they became great tapas favorites.
In keeping with their origin, tapas dishes are meant to be a small portion of something lovely and for a full meal you order a few dishes and share them with friends. Tapa in Leith is the perfect spot to sample some traditional Spanish dishes.
As new ingredients and cooking styles were brought to Spain, new dishes were added to the repertoire and tapas style dining widened its horizons. Now you can now enjoy tapas style dishes from many other cultures too. Indian tapas is particularly popular with restaurants such as Tuk Tuk serving delicious street food.
Traditional or unconventional, you are sure to be beguiled by the variety and flavor of tapas if you check out the restaurants on our list.